THE WINDS OF WAR - The Complete Collection [BLU-RAY] 
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I'm sure that you fellow Mitchum fans savor the way his characters come into a mediocre namby-pamby situation, and shake 'em on down! He doesn't disappoint as Pug. If you read the story, you could easily shoehorn Bob Mitchum into your imagination's eye.
Polly Bergen's "Rho" is the comic relief to the saga, worrying more about her hair style, and intramural competion with other Navy and Marine Corps wives, to jockey their husband's careers to the most prestigious heights, rather than being concerned with the increasingly odious global events racing down upon her family and world. Just as Mr. Wouk intended.
Ali McGraw's "Natalie" is full of delicious spunk and mischief, as she teases, and then draws in, Jan-Michael Vincent's "Briny". She Keeps the Faith with Mr. Wouk's "Natalie", who incidentally, is my favorite literary heroine.
The cinematography is picture-postcard breathtaking; you almost forget you're watching the small screen and believe you're at your favorite silver screen palace. Fits in nicely with Mr. Wouk's crisp, concise, ultra-vivid, descriptive narrative style.
The choreography of the extras and the aircraft pilots was impeccable. These were the unsung heroes/heroines of this production.
The Nazi/German/Japanese villains were most hideously brutal of any production that I've seen anywhere.Read more ›
Wouk wrote the script for the 1983 mini-series, directed by Dan Curtis, and one of the major strengths of "The Winds of War" is that it takes its time in telling the story of the Henrys and the Second World War (this would be even more true in the sequel, "War and Remembrance," which it seemed every episode had a great set piece). For example, in the second episode there is an extended sequence in which several main characters are caught up with American embassy personnel fleeing Warsaw during the German invasion.Read more ›
Anyone with a slight interest in WWII history know that Herman Wouk's novel is excellent entertainment as well as very informal. His grasp of the historical accuracy and his ability to place the reader "on the spot" as historical events unfold has been successfully broght into this adaption of the novel.
Some of the casting is perhaps slightly odd. The main character, Victor "Pug" Henry is supposed to be approximately 50 years old in the novel, but is played by a 66 years old Robert Mitchum (who is outstanding in this series, by the way), Byron Henry who is supposed to be 22-23 years old is played by a 39 years old Jan-Michael Vincent, and Natalie Jastrow who is supposed to be 28 is played by a 45 years old Ali MacGraw. But it works.
Other interesting characters are Ralph Bellamy as President Roosevelt, Gunther Meissner as Adolf Hitler, Victoria Tennant as Pamela Tudsbury, and John Houseman as Aaron Jastrow.
I like the series a lot. Although I rate the books above the mini-series I find this series very high on my all-time favourite list.
as its sunk at pearl harbor before he takes command ( poor bugger) . the rest of his family , rhoda his wife byron his youngest son cause no end of problems especially byron who trakes a shine to nattilie and travell together to poland days befre the german invasion although robert mitchum his dour self does well in the series his brood byron, and his girlfriend nattilie are irritating at best, could be the reason why differnt actors repaced them for the sequel
as far as i know the victor henry family are fictitious as are his friends, but the the main historical player are played very well,
sequel is war and remembrance
be advised the picture is pan / scan meaning black vertcal lines on each side of the episode, some blue ray players have zoom , which may help also no extras in this set
if i were to give it a picture quality rating i would
give it a 7/10 for blue ray in contrast to 6/10 for dvd version
meaning theres not a lot of difference
ASIN:B00I8NF2EU War And Remembrance (Region 2) Box Set 6 DVD]]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did see 'The Winds Of War' on TV, in more than one Nation during the 1980s. Rather a long haul to watch, but the story and background around several nations at one time or... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MICHAEL O'KEEFE
An interesting set of discs chronicling the start of the world war in Europe and the Pacific from the view of one family the Henry's steeped in Naval traditions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Oscar Freak
Bought this set for my wife, to replace her VHS edition. I hope that she will enjoy watching it all in Bluray...Published 9 months ago by M. L. Jones
I was originally supplied with the wrong product :-( the photo and description are of a Blue Ray disk which is what I wanted and ordered I was supplied with a DVD set which I had... Read morePublished 10 months ago by AmazonUser
its just great to watch something half decent for a change, telly is dreadful , awash with cheap cookery/makeover big bro tosh, after a hards days graft, I want to be entertained,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by A. R Simpson
Very good. "War and Remembrace" though is the absolute highlight.Published 15 months ago by Guy Troost